Rumors have been circulating for weeks that "Building Official" Al Johnson was being groomed by Town misManager Alex Taft as her eventual replacement. Now, it appears those rumors are true.
It has not gone unnoticed, that the Quartzsite building official has been introducing himself as "director of planning and zoning", a title not listed on his business cards, the town website, nor approved by council in open meeting. Now, it appears Al Johnson has received yet another promotion without advertising for the open position or a Request for Qualifications (RFQ) and without public approval by the town council.
On Friday, Mayor Ed Foster received an open records request that had been denied, even though the Office of the AZ Attorney General has previously informed the town that the public can have that information. Whose signature authorized this denial of public information? Why Al Johnson, of course! Something he would only have the authority to sign off on if he had been promoted to a different position.
Maybe, Johnson/Taft denied the request for current payroll because it would show that Johnson is receiving an increase or change in payroll status. Building Official is an employee without a contract, but Taft's position as Town Manager is a salary under contract. Something here smells fishier than the dumpster behind a tuna processing plant!